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Old 09-26-2011, 04:00 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default I'm Selling These Web Sites, Moving to the USA, and I Got a Job Working for HTC. Any Questions?

I've been writing and re-writing this post in my head over the past couple of months, and that headline was the best I could come up with. It's not easy to encapsulate one of the most significant changes in my life in a single sentence. Now let's unpack that bombshell I've just dropped...

The HTC Job

I've been working with HTC, the mobile phone and tablet maker, since August 1st of this year. Being a long-time fan of Microsoft's efforts in the mobile space - and largely tying my career to those efforts, for better or worse - I've watched HTC grow from being a nameless, brandless, tiny Taiwanese ODM making Palm-sized PCs/Pocket PCs to the mobile powerhouse they are today. I've always had tremendous admiration for HTC as a company and loved their products, so when someone I knew from Microsoft got a job with HTC in late 2010, I reached out and we started talking. The rest, as they say, is history. I believe HTC is uniquely positioned to do some amazing things in the mobile space over the next few years and I'm excited to be a part of it!

Thoughts Media is currently a vendor for HTC USA, and come October 1st, I'll be a full-time employee. I have an H1B work visa, and after closing the sale of my house this weekend (phew!), I'll be moving in the near future to the Bellevue, Washington area with my wife, our two year old son and our dog, and starting my new career. To add a little extra stress into my life, we're also building a new house and will be in temporary lodging until it's finished. Oh, did I mention this is the first corporate job I've held in 13 years? This is the single biggest career transition I've ever gone through.

What am I doing for HTC? I'm a part of their social team - the team that focuses on HTC customers via Facebook, Twitter, and other communities. My title is Senior Manager of HTC Communities. I'm creating something special for them that, when the time is right, you'll hear about in a very big way. The job couldn't be more well-suited to my skill-set if I had created it myself. I'm massively excited about the opportunities I'll have at HTC, and my admiration for them as a company has only grown since I've been on the inside. A big shout-out to my awesome team at HTC for making a slightly bewildered Canuck feel right at home.

Effective October 1st, I'll also be retiring from the Microsoft MVP program. This ends a 14 consecutive year run that has been profoundly rewarding on both a professional and personal level. I became a Windows CE MVP when I was 22 years old; I've been an MVP for more of my adult life than not, so it was a big decision to remove my name from being renewed for the next year. I have some amazing memories and made some great friends being a part of the program, and I'm forever grateful to Microsoft for allowing me to be a part of it.

You may have noticed my recent posts about HTC on Windows Phone Thoughts or Android Thoughts have contained zero commentary - just the facts. It's been difficult to try and keep the two worlds separate, which leads me to...

Selling the Thoughts Media Network

Months before I started seriously talking to HTC, I was exploring the sale of my Web sites. I've said no to several offers over the years, but it's now time to sell. I've loved running these sites since launching my first one (Pocket PC Thoughts) an incredible 11 years ago, but I've felt for a couple of years now that I needed a career change. When you stop acquiring new skills at a job, and you feel like you've gotten all the experience out of it that you can, it's time to look for something different.

I say this with no sense of exaggeration: it has been one of the great joys in my life working with the amazing volunteers who keep things humming across all six of my sites, and I'm forever indebted to them - and to you, our awesome community - for giving me the ability to do this for so long. I'll have a more eloquent farewell message when I finally sign off for good, but this was easily one of the hardest decisions I've ever made. Leaving my creation - our creation - in the hands of someone else is no small thing.

The logical question is "Who's buying the Web sites?". Right now I'm looking for a buyer for all six sites in the network - I'm in talks with several people/companies, but nothing has been finalized yet. If you're interested in taking over a network that has been finely tuned like a racing car, staffed with amazing volunteers that are ready and willing to work with a new owner, please contact me directly.

Serious inquiries only please, but the selling price of the network might be less than you think. Let's just say I'm a motivated seller because it's time for me to move on and jump in with both feet at HTC. I'll be accepting offers over the next seven days, then making my decision, so if you're interested please let me know. The ideal buyer is someone who has a passion for technology, community, and an entrepreneurial spirit for making things grow. Oh, and being a little brash and opinionated can't hurt!

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:25 PM
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Congratulations!! Let me know if you want a tour of the breweries in the area - or go on an eastern washington wine tour... This is a great area - and don't treat our breatherin from the north with tooo much distain.

Felow Northwester

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:25 PM
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Congrats Jason.

I'm happy to hear about your continued success and wish you only the best. Good luck with the sale.

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:55 PM
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That's some huge news! Congratulations and welcome to the land where all of the MS services you've been missing for the last decade or so will work! ;-)

You'll be missed in the PPC/WM/WP community - I still remember seeing your posts on the old usenet forums way back in the early days. I hope you still get a chance to contribute or at least chime in every now and then, not necessarily with your new work, but just to get your feedback.

I hope the transition goes smoothly for you and that you get settled in quickly.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:46 PM
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Congratulations and welcome to the Seattle area! Good to hear a fellow I'll been following for almost a decade is moving across the lake from me! Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:48 PM
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Congrats Jason. Been a fan of HTC myself, even back when no-one knew it was them behind the brand on the front of the device. Looking forward to the upcoming Titan. Please convince them to do a Windows Tablet, though I know your heart wouldn't really be in it With a real stylus BTW.

Best of luck to you. I've been hanging around Thoughts forums for so long I almost feel like my landlord of multiple years just told me he is selling the house.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:02 PM
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Congrats sir!

Your devotion to PocketPC was always great, and it was fun to work with you and the couple of times I did. Good to see you are going to HTC because they are a solid operation. I almost got in once, but will have to try again later

-Brian Haley
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:44 PM
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Wow, that's some big news Jason! My first real smartphone was the T-Mobile Dash (aka the HTC Excalibur), it was a really awesome phone at the time, and seeing what HTC is doing lately seems really innovative. I hope you have success in the new job!
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:00 PM
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Congrats, Jason! You will be sorely missed.

I joined PPCT in 2002, after I switched from a Palm IIIxe to an iPAQ 3650, and have followed your sites ever since. I've owned one HTC device -- the Cingular/AT&T 8525. I had a lot of fun with it, continually tweaking my customizations and often running custom ROMs from xda-developers.

For portable devices, I'm pretty entrenched with Apple now -- my third iPhone (I update with each new generation) and an iPad, but I'm always looking as new stuff comes out. It will be interesting to see what HTC can do. They've been on a roll lately.

I'll stick around, so I can see how the Thoughts sites do under new ownership. Heck...maybe I should buy them, quit the restaurant business and become a media mogul.

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Old 09-26-2011, 08:38 PM
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Hi Jason!

Wow that's some changes, but I want to wish you good luck with your new challenges and opportunities.

I have like some other people been around since 2002'ish and I have immensely enjoyed reading your reviews, opinions, participated in your giveaways etc.

However I actually have felt that something was going has been a little too quiet on the site lately. Good to know it was for positive reasons!

I can only hope that some dedicated person takes over and continues your good job so that this community lives on.

Good luck and hope you will have a great time at HTC! Too bad I just bought a Sony Ericsson Ray device which is actually great but my colleagues have HTC's almost all of them, Desire, Incredible S, Desire HD...
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